Julie Candler Hayes Appointed Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass Amherst
May 9, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Julie Candler Hayes has been appointed to a three-year term as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Julie Hayes to lead the College of Humanities and Fine Arts," said Provost James Staros. "A scholar of the French Enlightenment, Dean Hayes was recently honored by being named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government. She was appointed executive associate dean in January 2010 and then interim dean in September 2010, succeeding Joel Martin, and in that role she has provided outstanding leadership in moving the college forward."
Hayes said, "In the six years since I came to UMass Amherst, I have come to care deeply about this institution and to admire the creativity, the intellectual ambition and the dedication of the faculty, students and staff. I look forward to serving the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, to supporting our departments and programs, to reaching out to our alums and to telling our story."
During her service as interim dean, Hayes has led the college’s heads and chairs in a strategic planning process; integrated the Arts Extension Service into the college; recruited 25 tenure track faculty, including a department chair; hired a new director of development and engaged in extensive donor cultivation; revised the college’s budget processes and allocations; and initiated discussions for creation of a School of the Arts.
Hayes arrived at UMass Amherst in 2006 as chair of the newly formed department of languages, literatures and cultures, a position she held for four years. She previously taught at the University of Kentucky and the University of Richmond, where she chaired the department of modern languages and literatures from 1998 to 2004.
Her research focuses primarily on literary and philosophical texts of the French Enlightenment. She has also written extensively on contemporary literary theory and the history and theory of translation. Her most recent book is "Translation, Subjectivity, and Culture in France and England, 1600-1800." Her earlier books study French theatre and Enlightenment concepts of systematicity in literature, philosophy and science. Her current work looks at 17th- and 18th-century women moral philosophers. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center.
She is currently president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, an interdisciplinary scholarly organization.
Hayes earned her B.A. in French and philosophy from Austin College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French literature from Northwestern University.